The past week has been such a week of contrasts, from the weather being both sunny and very wet, from cosy times at home, wonderful spring produce to an ‘anti-vaxx’ demonstration here in Wellington outside Parliament, which luckily did not turn nasty (though it most certainly could have done). There are days when I just can’t face to look at the news at the moment, but one can’t bury one’s head in the sand, and instead one needs to look for the positives like the fact that 81% of the eligible population (those 12 and over) are now vaccinated here in Aotearoa.
As reported on Saturday, the weather turned from sunshine to rain, and much of the weekend was spent indoors, with books, podcasts and cups of tea. We started watching the second series of Departure which this times focuses on a train crash, finished the latest series of Shetland and The Unlikely Murderer (which you can find on Netflix). So very much a focus on indoor activities!
Over to food corner, and I found some garlic scapes on Saturday. These are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of garlic plants. and they have a distinctly garlic flavour, though much milder. I tossed three stalks in butter to pour over roasted asparagus to have as a side dish with Saturday’s dinner. They will keep for quite a while in the fridge. I believe. On Wednesday, I enjoyed a great chicken sandwich on rosemary focaccia at favourite cafe Squirrel, and made a toad-in-the-hole for dinner that evening. Not all readers may know what it is, but it is basically sausages cooked into a batter that resembles Yorkshire pudding. I used this recipe here. I made but forgot to photograph the potato salad with peas, mint and shallots from Peter Gordon’s Savour (a book I often turn to for inspiration), and enjoyed getting pizza delivered on Friday.
We saw two films on the Film Festival this week – Bergman Island on Thursday and the documentary ‘Til Kingdom Come on Sunday. I have to say that I enjoyed Bergman Island, an interesting film exploring the relationship between a couple who are both script writers during a writing retreat on the island of Fårö where Ingmar Bergman lived and worked. I found this review sums things up rather well.
Before the film on Sunday, we had dinner at 1154 Pastaria on Cuba Street, with me opting for a carbonara, and then stopping for a drink at Puffin before the film. As to the film Israeli journalist Maya Zinshtein investigates the what one would assume unusual bonds between fundamentalist American Evangelical Christians and Israeli Jews. It was a fascinating film which I highly recommended.
What were your small pleasures this week? Here are some other blog posts from a few fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life.
- Carol Ann of Fashioned for Joy shares her delights of her week – always a pleasure to see her posts.
- Ju Lyn at Touring my Backyard celebrates her husband’s birthday with a very unusual cake.
- Natalie the Explorer shares pictures of autumn in Toronto.
- Anne over at Something Over Tea meets horses and a four-striped mouse this week.
- .Jo at And Anyway celebrates her new book, cooking some lovely treats and writing.
- Deb’s World shares some lovely photos
- Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland shares apples.
- Trent Trent’s World shares some beautiful photographs – and celebrates 8 years of blogging.
- Natalie at Little Pieces of Me crunches through autumn leaves.
- Scribble and Scran has the most wonderful metaphor for describing recipes – do take a look.
- Sanch Writes shares her weekly gratitude.
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